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Yankee Stadium – The New York Yankees are currently in the midst of an historic franchise mark.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Pinstripes past 15 games [in which they are 9-6], have been decided by two-or-fewer runs, toppling the team record of 12 straight such contests dating back to 1904.

While no one may be able to recite any of the names of that squad from a century ago, it has been increasingly difficult not to notice Yankees’ starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy.

A mid-season acquisition from the Arizona Diamondbacks, McCarthy has gone 6-0 in his last seven starts, and was difference maker in the Yankees 2-1 win over the American League, Central Division leading Detroit Tigers.

McCarthy went 5.2 innings, surrendering one earned run off five hits with eight strikeouts to up his record as a Yankee to 4-0.

Finding himself in a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the second inning, [including a 10-pitch at-bat against J.D. Martinez that ended with a single over the reach of second baseman Stephen Drew], McCarthy got both Alex Avila and Eugenio Suarez out swinging to end the threat.

“He’s been huge for our rotation,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi. “He’s used his sinker extremely well. Seen his curveball more than we’ve seen him throw it before [for strikeouts].”

McCarthy agreed with the sentiment, saying when his curveball is on, “it gives my fastball room to breathe.”

McCarthy is now unbeaten in his last five starts against Detroit, with a 1.44 ERA.

Boasting three former Cy Young award winners, the Tigers are considered a veritable World Series contender. One of these aces, Max Scherzer, went the distance with McCarthy, but was shaky, allowing two earned runs off nine hits with three walks in seven innings pitched for just his fourth loss of the season.

“To still be able to do that is something I’m proud of,” said Scherzer of allowing only the two runs, “kind of ‘C’ stuff with an ‘A’ effort.”

The Yankees scored both of their runs off Scherzer in the bottom of the third on the strength of four singles, and a sac-fly RBI [50] by Jacoby Ellsbury into left center-field.

Tigers’ center-fielder Ezequiel Carrera [playing in only his third game this season, and first as a Tiger] made an ice cream cone scoop catch, his glove straight up for the ball, as his body slinked down in a full-out dive.

“It was a spectacular catch,” said Ellsbury. “Saved most likely three runs. That’s one you hope falls for you, it can break open a game, but those two were enough.”

While the offense stranded seven runners, the Yankees bullpen held a 2-1 run lead from the sixth inning onward. The combined efforts of Matt Thornton, Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley and closer David Robertson [who earned his 30th save] ensured that McCarthy’s 116-pitch night did not go to waste.

The Tigers scored their lone run of the contest in the top of the fifth inning. After Suarez stole second base, he contracted a left knee sprain, giving pinch-runner Andrew Romine a moment to shine. Romine would come home to score the Tigers first run on an RBI-single [59] by Ian Kinsler, a shot into right-field to make it 2-1 Yankees.

“I really want to [stay in the game],” said McCarthy on his early exit following the Kinsler RBI. “I felt it was a good pitch, cutter away. It’s the sign of a good hitter, when a pitch like that is thrown, where a hitter does his job…I didn’t realize my pitch count was that high.”

Detroit did just as poorly as the Yankees did in situational hitting, leaving eight men on base, while collecting just six hits for the game.

Miguel Cabrera, who came into Monday night’s game batting .315, finished 0-for-3 on the evening, registering just the seventh time in 47 career games against the Yankees that he did not compile at least one hit.

Notes- Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira felt light-headed prior to the game and was replaced by Ichiro Suzuki. Chase Headley filled in for Teixeira at first base, while Ichiro manned right-field.

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